Jan 16, 2013 1:00pm PST
, education. isn't that exactly what the president and the vice president have delivered today? >> that's right. the public supports virtually all measures except for putting armed security in schools. that's the one thing that doesn't poll well. and i think that's the point. the politics of this have changed dramatically, martin. i was on the floor in 1994 when we passed the assault weapons ban on the house floor. i had to manage the effort for the democrats in 1998. and the politics of this have changed dramatically since newtown. things are just no longer the way they were before newtown. a universal background check right now is about an 80/20 issue. the issue of clips, large capacity magazines and gun registration is a 70/30 issue. assault weapons are a 60/40 issue. the president senses that. the stage craft today with the children behind the president was superb. in addition to the stats that i just mentioned, the number of people killed every day. we've had 83 children killed since the newtown massacre. >> yes. >> and so i think the key here that the white house recognizes is tha
Jan 22, 2013 1:00pm PST
that we protect children, but we also need to extend that obviously to higher education. what chris said was well-said which is that campuses should be a place where a student like the one on that phone call should be able to go and study english and not worry about having to dive under her desk or, you know, behind corners of the building to avoid getting injured seriously. so, you know, i'm on the education and workforce committee. we actually just met this afternoon. the chairman of the committee, mr. klein from minnesota, a republican, made a pledge that we are going to be holding hearings on school violence, and, you know, i'm trying to be an optimist that, you know, the president's words yesterday, the willingness in the house to actually have these issues brought up for consideration, are going to produce some real results that will make this a safer country. >> because this is a public health problem, isn't it? i mean, gun violence is, you know, no less significant in its impact than public health issues like obesity in this country. i mean, this is just out of control, isn't it?
Jan 21, 2013 1:00pm PST
for the good of this country. he talked about all the good things government does, whether it's education or it's a safety net or it's regulation when it has to be done in terms of big business. he launched all those good reasons and then he said, of course, there are people who retain a reasonable skepticism about the role of government in this country. that debate is going to continue. i thought that was an amazing effort. he's not going to win any support from the tea party. he might win though, the congressman may know better, he might be able to make some of the people who represent the suburbs who are not so far right realize this guy is not their enemy. he is somewhat to their left but he's probably as reasonable as anybody to their right in terms of politics these days. >> chris -- >> i think the battle today is between people that want government to function, want the debate to continue, and people that want to take their ball and go home and end government, shut it down, use the filibuster, use government shutdown, use the debt ceiling, use sequestration, any monkey wrench they can th